Bright blue skies welcomed us at the Swan River. Already there was a lot of activity on the water and paths. Before heading along the path we practiced noting down calls from a wattle bird chick and its parent. Then we set off along the river, spotting an osprey across the other side, high in the sky circling the radio tower. During the walk we heard and saw many different birds such as the nankeen night heron, rufous whistler, ducks and motorbike frogs too. It was very interesting to compare our different notes for the same sounds and share what we learned from the activity.
Baigup Wetlands Reserve is a great birding location despite its smaller size (only ~1 km long and 200 m wide) and central urban location. It's set on the banks of the Swan River between Maylands and Bayswater. With spring in the air there should be lots of bird activity for us to try a fun and interesting activity in our journals. (Freeform nature journaling also always welcome!)
Are you interested in learning more about your local birds, identifying them and tracking them in your journal? In this month's activity we'll explore describing birdsong in our journals using writing, drawing, diagramming and numbers. The skills practised in this activity allow us to capture any auditory experience and help us learn more about that location.
What to bring: A journal and your favourite mark-making tools. Some good walking shoes, a water bottle and maybe a snack. For the birdsong transcription activity bring binoculars and a watch with second hand, if possible. Remember to slip-slop-slap-wrap if the sun's out, or an umbrella and raincoat if there's a chance of rain.
All skill levels are welcome. Children must be supervised at all times. Please register if you plan to attend.
Date: Sunday 29th October 2023
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Cost: This is a pay-what-you-feel event. The suggested donation is $10/per individual and $20/per family, but it is up to you. Your support goes towards costs of running the nature journal club and is very much appreciated.
Location: Baigup Wetlands. Meet at the parking in A.P. Hinds Reserve, Bayswater entrance. There is a dual-use pathway and boardwalk with scenic viewing area. Toilet facilities are available at A. P. Hinds reserve at the start of the trail.